If you travel by car from Bangkok to Chiang Rai you need to pass a few mountain ranges. That means a lot of turns, but the road is good. The road to Chiang Rai is not very clear, and the road runs parallel to the highway for a while. After a while the road is busy and then you notice that you are in town.
The center, to the extent we have seen, is quite small and compact. A few (large) hotel, the bus station and the night market. And around shopping and restaurants. A few streets with the standard beer bars.
The center seems pretty set on tourists, but not as bad as in Chiang Mai. The night market, in the center focuses on food, but you'll also find some clothes.
We think Chiang Rai is a quiet, friendly city.
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